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Perfection Is The Enemy Of Done

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I remember hearing my teacher tell me this and it has been an invaluable lesson. “Perfection is the enemy of done.” That made me think. Hard. Often we strive to be perfect and it drives us nuts because we can never achieve it. I think striving to be the absolute best you can possibly be is a great gift that you can give yourself. However, things get a little bit shaky when you start demanding yourself to be perfect.

I mean even think of a Perfect Game in baseball. It’s not really perfect. Essentially a perfect game would be 9 innings, 3 batters an inning, 3 pitch strikeouts per batter. That would be absolute perfection. And yes I know it’s incredibly hard to throw a perfect game, but still…im making this example to drive a point.

You can be a little bit better, a little bit faster, a bit smarter than you were yesterday. You can be a little more organized, love a little deeper, and trust me in the long run this pays off. Like I was saying yesterday, you can shape yourself into something that you couldn’t have possibly been before.

I saw this quote the other day that said something like set a goal so big and seemingly impossible for yourself and eventually you will grow into the person that can achieve it. This made me think about my own life and what I have been doing. I have set a grand goal, and day by day I am changing and morphing into the person that can achieve it. Because when I started I couldn’t have possibly been the person to achieve it right off the bat. And this is why goals are great. At one end you get to dream and to make anything possible for yourself. And on the other end you get to go through the day to day shaping and restructuring of your life in order to achieve it.

I am a master of goal setting. I am in rookie ball in regards to making the sacrifices it takes to make those goals happen.

But just because your in rookie ball doesn’t mean you won’t get called up to the majors one day. And I promise you that I plan on pitching some pretty amazing games in this life. Baseball references. Quick side note – I think if I am ever going to get a tattoo, a miniature pitchers rubber will be somewhere on my body – just to remind me of all the lessons I learned from the sport I love most.

So set a huge ass goal. Let it scare the shit out of you. Then take those little baby steps and you will change into something fantastic.

Muhammad Ali  used to say “I am the greatest” even before he was close to being the best. It works.

- Evan Sanders

25 Comments

  1. March 26, 2014

    This is the same premise we used when we went into Guatemala last June to teach a transformational leadership process to more than 19000 leaders from all walks of life in their country: If you make small, deliberate changes and improve your performance by 1% each week, by the end of the year, you will have improved by 52%! That’s enormous change and absolutely doable…Try it. You’ll love who you become. Thanks, Evan, for the thought!

  2. January 6, 2014

    Reblogged this on Roy A. Cui and commented:
    I’m in the process of waking from the Matrix after taking the red pill. It has been painfully invigorating, facing the challenges of being awake makes the sleep SO tempting. This piece, as well as this entire blog, keeps my eyes open and courage bolstered.

  3. January 6, 2014

    I’m in the process of waking from the Matix after taking the red pill. It has been painfully invigorating, facing the challenges of being awake makes the sleep SO tempting. This piece, as well as your entire blog, keeps my eyes open and courage bolstered. I will share this with my children and anyone else that can benefit from it.

    Thank you for this.

    http://www.royacui.wordpress.com

  4. January 2, 2014

    Reblogged this on Laila Shares and commented:
    Wow, what a brilliant thought. I think i should start being more realistic than perfectionist from now on.

  5. December 18, 2013

    Reblogged this on Established Mayhem Clothing and commented:
    Great piece on pursuit of perfection

  6. December 18, 2013

    Sheryl Sandberg said it well — ‘Done is better than perfect.’ .

  7. December 18, 2013

    He looks good.

  8. December 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on AnnoyingBobby.

  9. davidbaileyalmeida
    December 17, 2013

    Perfection is found in the moment. Remember that saying “The present is always perfect.” Since change is a constant . . . perfection is also found in the change. What this should mean to us is be happy with the person you are in every moment.

  10. December 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on shamanistical.

  11. December 17, 2013

    nice!!!!!!!
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  12. December 17, 2013

    Just knowing you can never be perfect is freeing, knowing you can do things to be a better you is growing. Perfection can not be found here on this earth, no matter how hard you try. great blog.

  13. December 17, 2013

    Just knowing you can never be perfect is freeing, knowing you can do things to be a better you is growing. Perfection can not be found here on this earth, no matter how hard you try. great blog.

  14. December 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on Jejak Langkah… and commented:
    Being the perfect one gonna eat you alive – that’s what i’ve always said to myself and friends.
    You can go for the better one or the best you can, but please don’t try to be the perfect one if you can handle the pressure.
    Read this post carefully…

  15. December 17, 2013

    so true.
    A friend of mine recently stressed out because she’s seeking for the perfection. In many people, they seems to can’t resist to be perfect person. And this is so bad coz i think it eat you alive.

    Ah… it’s been so long not reading your blog and now… i feel so blessed be able to read it again. Thank you.

  16. December 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on Genesis + Genius and commented:
    Listen to the man!

  17. December 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on Executive Training Dubai.

  18. December 17, 2013

    This is very insightful. Someone once told me that, “If you can’t stand criticism, you become a perfectionist.” We know how that turns out, don’t we? Thanks for the gentle reminder and the example in your own life. —Allan

  19. December 17, 2013
  20. December 17, 2013

    This is a good and thought provoking quote. Hugs, Barbara

  21. December 17, 2013

    Reblogged this on SherayxWeblog.

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